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Local Government

St. Charles honors couple for rescuing accident victim

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet presented a Citizen Award on Nov. 20 to a couple who recently came to the aid of man accidentally entrapped by machinery at a local car wash.

“These were two people who had started their day with the simple intention of having their car washed,” Schelstreet said of the award recipients, Karlos Ingram and Martha Rossdahl.

The couple was at the St. Charles Auto Spa when they saw an employee of the business who had become pinned down by heavy steel equipment. Ingram lifted the machinery from the victim, while Rossdahl called 911. They then applied first aid. Paramedics transported the victim to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

Ingram and Rossdahl accepted the award during a St. Charles City Council meeting.

“It was just a great blessing that my girlfriend and I were there,” Ingram said.

Mayor lauds Eagle Scout for project

Also during the City Council meeting, Mayor Ray Rogina presented Boy Scout Jakob Moberly with a symbolic key to the city for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout through a community service project.

A senior at St. Charles North High School, Moberly led fundraising for – and construction of – a chimney swift tower at Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve along the Fox River in South Elgin. Standing 14 feet tall, the tower provides a habitat for birds known as chimney swifts, which require unique nesting environments.

Moberly is with Troop 13 out of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles. He started as a scout at age 7 with Cub Scout Pack 156 from Wild Rose Elementary School.

Moberly has earned 42 merit badges and served in various leadership positions with Troop 13, including patrol leader. His patrol, "the Eagles," received the Boy Scouts of America National Honor Patrol Award three times. Moberly also earned the Boy Scout of America's World Conservation Award and Kayaking Award, and twice earned the Mile Swim Award. 

“This is a resume that a lot of people would like to have,” Rogina said.

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